Wow! If you read my posts on Orthodoxy, you know I often point to Father Stephen’s weblog. Since his post three days ago — a little ontology lesson on why Hell isn’t real — he’s gotten 115 comments (five more now that I hit reload on the page). He does have a sizable readership (in the thousands), but nothing else has generated this much discussion. I suppose this comment in his first reply is about as clear as you can make it:
Literalism is the bane of Scriptural understanding. Not that there aren’t plenty of “literal” things described. But many times we have to push beyond the literal to arrive at the truth.